My running has slumped quite a bit over the last couple of months, so I’ve made a decision. Instead of pushing myself to get back to where I left off (and then feeling frustrated at my decline in fitness) I’ve decided to take it back to basics and re-do Couch To 5K.
I know I probably don’t need to go right the way back to the start, but I’m going to anyway for a couple of reasons. Firstly, starting at a point that I know I can achieve fairly easily will help to build up my confidence again; secondly, it will give me a routine that I know I can stick to without worrying about over training or injuring myself again; and thirdly, doing the shorter faster sessions in the first few weeks will help with building up my pace so that (hopefully) I’ll be able to achieve that elusive sub-30 that I’ve been dreaming of for so long.
I plan to run on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday each week so that I can volunteer for parkrun on Saturday mornings, which will be another great motivator to help keep me on track.
Talking of parkrun, this morning was the inaugural Hove Prom parkrun, which means that we now have three parkrun events in our little city. I used to go to parkrun fairly regularly but haven’t been in over a year, so when I heard that there was going to be a new event on my favourite route I figured it would be rude not to get involved.
Although I wasn’t running this morning, I signed up to volunteer. My job for today was marshalling, which is really easy and a lot of fun as you get to clap and cheer and encourage all of the runners as they pass – although sometimes it is difficult to differentiate between the parkrunners and people who just happen to be out running along the seafront. Still, I don’t think anyone minded being clapped and cheered on their morning run.
The weather was great too, which probably contributed to the high turnout – 294 runners, which is pretty amazing for an inaugural run! It will be interesting to see how the numbers pan out over the next few weeks. I’m sure there were a lot of people from our other local parkruns who came along to support, but if it stays as warm and sunny as it is now, this could prove to be a popular event for the summer at least.
While I am excited about running the route, I’ll probably stick to marshalling for the first few weeks at least until I get back to running 5K again. And, as I said, volunteering is a lot of fun and it’s a nice way to give something back to the community.
How’s your running going? What strategies do you used to bring yourself out of a slump? Please share your thoughts in the comments.